Greater Things Phase One Update

 

We are close to being able to submit a new offer on the 17 acre property we originally made an offer on last year. Here are the next steps for New Passion:

  1. Get pre-approval from the bank on a loan for $200,000, and up to $225,000 if necessary. The final counteroffer we received from the owner last year was a sales price of $225,000 (with this offer, we had requested owner financing which was being offered by the seller). We are seeking bank financing instead of owner financing. The bank requires at least a 20% downpayment for a loan.
  2. Submit an offer to purchase the property for $200,000, and up to $225,000 if necessary. The purchase would be contingent on county approval to rezone property from residential to “special use”.
  3. To have property rezoned, we must first hire an engineering firm to create a master plan to show the county what the property will look like with building, landscaping, parking, and retention system. These plans must be submitted to the county for a public meeting.
  4. How much is this going to cost New Passion?
    1. 20% down on $200,000 = $40,000; or 20% down on $225,000 = $45,000
    2. Engineer Firm: Approximately = $4,000
    3. Rezone Application = Approximately $900
  5. How much have we raised? $29,301.29 $31,401.29+ $10,000 NPC savings = $41,401.29
  6. How much do we need to accomplish phase one to secure property? Barring any additional unforeseen fees or expenses: $3,500 up to $8,500 (depending on purchase price).

If you made a pledge towards phase one of this campaign, now is the time to give that gift, if you haven’t already. You can give it on Sundays through the offering by notating an offering envelope or check, “Greater Things Campaign”, or you can give online and select the Greater Things fund. 

Fun Facts:

  1. It’s expensive to build a church!
  2. This is phase one! The money we have collected so far, and are collecting at this time, is to solely secure property with a downpayment. We will still have a property payment and will have to clear the land, build a building, pave a parking lot, and etc.
  3. The bank wants to see that we can afford a building, insurance, upkeep, and etc. This means we need to show a steady pattern of having a higher income than expenses. They call this cash flow. This is why, if you are absolutely not giving, have stopped giving, or are not giving generously or consistently, we ask you to step up and work with us to make our future forever home a reality. We need you to give generously, sacrificially, and consistently towards the regular offering, as well as toward the Greater Things Campaign. It will require ALL of us to make this happen. It’s hard to see it now, but the fruits of our investment will be seen in the near future. 
  4. The school is not our permanent home! So far, we have not received official approval to continue meeting at GTHS in 2017 (we currently await a decision by the school board). If approved, we are not guaranteed future approval. We are now on a year-to-year lease and have to seek board approval each year. In years past, the school board has given a maximum of 2-4 years to other churches. We will have completed our 4th year on Sunday, September 10, and our current request is for a 5th year. There are absolutely no buildings available in our price range and area that we can retrofit into a church building and lease or purchase at this time. If the school rejects us now, or in the future, we have nowhere to go in Groveotown. The time to secure a permanent home is past due, we must act now and we must act fast.

Thank you for your continued prayers and financial support for our future!

Pastor Nick

Top Ten Highlights from Josh Anderson’s Life Story

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Here are the Top 10 Highlights from Josh Anderson’s life story that you can apply in your own life:

  1. While facing difficult circumstances, God wants to do a work in us, despite the outcome of our circumstances
  2. When you get broken you get desperate to change
  3. The people you spend the most time with will influence you the most
  4. Even when we’re on death’s door, God will use us to make an eternal difference in people’s lives, if we’ll allow him to work through us
  5. In Christ, we are accepted, no matter what. We’re not defined by what our Facebook status says or anything else outside of Jesus’ acceptance.
  6. Jesus completes us & gives us everything we need.
  7. Jesus forgives us. There is no depth too low that He can’t pull us out
  8. Seeking Jesus first doesn’t give us everything money can buy, it gives us everything money can’t buy: peace, fullness, joy
  9. A Relationship cannot and will not provide everything you think you need in life. Only Jesus can
  10. Being in God’s will is where we experience the fullness of God

Did you miss Josh’s story? The audio message is available at the bottom of the page, online, and on our Ephesians series page.

Recommended Books:
All books can be purchased through our online store and are located in the “featured” section.
Marriage:
  1. Marriage on the Rocks by Jimmy Evans
  2. Love Must be Tough by Dr. James Dobson
  3. His Needs Her Needs by Willard E. Harley Jr.
  4. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  5. Date Your Wife by Justin Buzzard
  6. Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
Life:
  1. Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
  2. Desiring God by John Piper
  3. Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Visit our online store to purchase any of these books.

Community Week 2: Spiritual Progress

In this special message for week two of Community: Your Pathway to Progress, New Passion shared a video message from Andy Stanley, senior pastor of the campuses of North Point Community Church. In this message Andy helps us explore the positive impact that structured relationships have and how we need to enter these sometimes forced relationships for the spiritual progress they provide.

July 21, 2013
Andy Stanley (via video)

2012 ONE27 Turkey Project

November begins one of the most exciting times of the year at New Passion. There is no greater time of the year for us as a church to practice the Revolutionary Compassion that we often talk about in our services and in our Community Groups. People have needs all throughout the year, but they tend to be enhanced during the holiday months.

New Passion is joining forces with United We Care again this Thanksgiving to provide 30 families a complete Thanksgiving meal. For $20, you can provide a whole turkey and all of the fixins to a family who is in desperate financial need within our community. 100% of all donations will go directly to United We Care for this project.

How Can I Help?

We are glad you asked! You can donate $20 for every meal that you would like to provide for a family in the following ways:

  • Check – Please memo “ONE:27 Turkey Project”
  • Cash – Please use an offering envelope on Sunday and write “ONE:27 Turkey Project” on the “Other” line.
  • Online through PayPal








Thank You New Passion Church and CSRA

I would like to personally thank those at New Passion Church and in the CSRA who stepped up big over the weekend to help tornado victims in Ringgold, Georgia.

The results of your generosity resulted in filling up a 12-foot enclosed trailer and the back storage compartment of a Chevy Tahoe with bottled water, chain saws, work gloves, and other work supplies along with a bunch of personal items like diapers, baby wipes, deodorant, tooth paste, etc.

My family at New Passion never cease to amaze me at your desire to share revolutionary compassion with those who are in distress. This has been a part of our DNA since before we launched the church. Although we are young and small, we have tried our best to answer every opportunity that is presented to us to help people! It’s encouraging that with every opportunity you all go to a whole new level in your sacrifice for others.

The reality is, it’s not over! The people of Ringgold, Georgia and the surrounding areas still need our help. We are currently working to secure a more prominent location to collect supplies this weekend along with the ability to transport more supplies for phase two. It is imperative that you continue to spread the word, stay up-to-date on the needed supplies and if you haven’t contributed already, be sure to help this weekend, of course, if you’ve contributed already but would like to do more, you are more than welcome to do more! Go to http://newpassionchurch.com/relief and stay up-to-date with the current information and be sure to email it, tweet it, post it, or tell it!

Shine On!

Nick
Lead Pastor